The African diaspora refers to the communities throughout the world that are descended from the historic movement of peoples from Africa — predominantly to the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, among other areas around the globe. The term has been historically applied in particular to the descendants of the West and Central Africans who were enslaved and shipped to the Americas by way of the Atlantic slave trade, with the largest population in Brazil (see Afro-Brazilian). It also covers historic dispersal through voluntary migration, as represented by the black conquistadors, among others.
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“A tanned skin is something more than respectable, and perhaps olive is a fitter color than white for a man,a denizen of the woods. The pale white man! I do not wonder that the African pitied him.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)